Try-This Tuesday: Kettlebell Haloby Jen Sinkler
As part of Lincoln Calling last September, I taught a kettlebell class at the YMCA on P Street in Lincoln, Neb. Afterward, I met Jerry, a personal trainer there. He invited me back to do a workout with him the next morning, and I accepted. We did lots o’ fun stuff, much of it with a breathless bent: sled pushing and pulling, lots and lots of medicine-ball passing. It was a highly cooperative fitness session, in a way similar to the do-it-so-your-partner-can-rest motivation involved in an “I Go, You Go” set-up.
You tend to hang on just a little longer for your partner in either scenario (though during one, you’re trying to graciously extend more rest to them and in the other, you’re trying to work just a little harder for a little longer to provide as much work as your partner wants).
The workout was great, and the conversation even greater, spiraling upward quickly into angel and archangel territory. He said this:
“You have a ‘team’ who works with you every second of every moment of your life and they love you more than words.’
In honor of angels of all kinds and in all forms, today’s Try-This Tuesday is the Kettlebell Halo: a mighty powerful core exercise that is great for when you don’t prefer to get horizontal.
The intention is, your torso from the ribs down stays still, firm, engaged, as do your glutes n quads n hammies and things as you move the weight around your center cylinder of self. Because you’re moving the weight in a full circle around you, and you’re trying to resist its weight in any and every direction, you get the opportunity to work hard to stay upright and unaffected from every angle. (This is huge for the kind of strength that transfers into daily activities and shores you up more completely than many core exercises: it’s a great one!)
- Stand tall and hold a kettlebell upside down at your chest, grasping the outer handles (the horns). The flat, bottom part of the weight should be facing the ceiling.
- Initiate the movement by bringing the bell up and around the side of your head. Keep the kettlebell close; just be sure to clear your ears and head with the weight. Do think about keeping your forearms close enough to “mess up your hair,” if you are haired.
- Bring the kettlebell completely around your head until you’re back at the starting position.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, alternating directions each time.